Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sound Off!

Use the comments section below to tell everyone what's on your mind today.

Publisher's note: Thanks to everyone for the great response yesterday


Blogger Mike Rappaport said...

I'm disgusted about the whole healthcare mess. I've been blogging here fairly regularly in commenting on questions, and I hope some of you will check out my own blog -- Virt, could you maybe please link to it and I'll return the favor.

It's "The American Hologram" at


12:23 PM  
Blogger Virt said...

Mike, I just linked to The American Hologram and I encourage everyone to check it out by using the link on the left side of this page. There is some great stuff there on many issues including, of course, health care, education, corruption and more.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous pinko said...

Mike, like your blog, thanks for the link!

Re: healthcare.

I do a fast burn every time someone says "America has the best health care system in the world". How can a system that has no access for 47 million people and limited access for millions more be "the best"? For those who actually receive adequately covered healthcare here in America, yes, our technologies, our medications, and our facilities are excellent. (But even then there is always a deductible, a lifetime limit or some other catch.)

Right now I know a woman of 38 with brain cancer. She does have insurance. She also has to jump through hoops to get her meds filled, even though the company covers those in entirety. She also has deductibles and limits on services. Her most recent bill for out-of-pocket costs was $81K.

Her choice truly is "Your money or your life."

We have public education in this country - some of it is really horrible in unsafe, under-resourced, over crowded schools. But, for all of that, every child in America, (disabled children as a more recent addition), is guaranteed schooling through 12th grade.

Why is everyone guaranteed schooling? Why is schooling handled via the government? Because early in America's founding it was recognized that an educated public was essential for the country's success. If there had been actual healthcare system then - not bloodletting by the doctor who got paid in chickens - the same people who felt an educated populace was important would also have thought a healthy populace was important, too, and there would have been guaranteed healthcare for all.

But now any change in how the heathcare system is handled is greeted with "socialized medicine", as if that somehow is a terrible idea. (It's not).

Medicare for all.


2:09 PM  
Anonymous Erika said...

Health care in America is a nightmare for too many people. Don't forget that Congress with the help of way too many Democrats passed the "Bankruptcy Reform Bill" which made the nightmare even worse for people driven into debt by medical bills.

4:05 PM  

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